Why Did I Decide To Run My Own PersonmalI Mastodon Server?
I decided to finally join Mastodon publicly. I’ve been on a number of separate instances which focused on special interests and will remain on them, but for my “public facing presence”, I decided to roll my own server (https://social.seanreiser.com/@seanreiser). Here are my reasons:
- Trust - Joining an instance run by someone else is trading an evil overlord for a potential evil overlord. As we’ve seen with the Twitter Takeover how quickly censorship can become imposed on a social media platform. You might think “I can always move to another instance”. Mastodon is open source, it would take a competent programmer 20 mins to disable the code to port an account to another server.
- Longevity - Anyone who has been on the web for a while knows how quickly a platform can vanish and take your data with it. I like having the data in a database I control/
- Branding - I don’t want the domain of the server to reveal anything about me, like the smaller special interest instances. By using a subdomain of seanreiser.com, I enhance my brand.
- Connectivity - For good or for bad server admins can block other servers. If I’m @firstname.lastname@example.org, I don’t want an administrator blocking access to my friend @email@example.com. I want to control who I am blocked from.
- I’m just “that guy” - I’ve run my own mail servers and web servers and built my own RSS reader apps. Why wouldn’t I run my own server?
I'm not saying you should use your own server, but those are my reasons. You can follow me at @firstname.lastname@example.org